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to the gut when senator harry reid said that assault weapons ban will not be part of the comprehensive senate package. and this could be part of the reason. check it out. the nra, its fundraising hit record highs, $1.6 million in february alone. that's the best number they've posted since 2000. put it up against mayor bloomberg's super pac. he put up just $2 million last month. let me bring in our guests. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> hi, chris. >> biden says he's not giving up. i don't know. is that just talk? harry reid says the assault weapons ban had only 40 votes. where does he think he's going to get these votes from? >> i think this just shows you what a contentious issue gun control is in this country. i would have thought, given the events of the last few weeks and months that we would be much farther along. i can only hope that bloomberg and his money, as you pointed out, are going to help balance this issue out. i hope that he keeps pressing on this hard as well, but politically i think it is going to be a very tough sell. >> it is, i think, worth mentioning some
. >> sreenivasan: it passed both chambers in a rare show of bipartisanship. senate majority leader harry reid: >> the way we used to, and the way we used to do things is fund the government in a timely fashion. we have the opportunity to do that now, we're taking care of the next six months. during this six months the government is functioning because if what we've done here. >> sreenivasan: this came after lawmakers agreed on easing some budget cuts to food inspection services and flexibility for the pentagon on the sequester cuts. those automatic across-the-board spending cuts, agreed to during the last fiscal fights, will be felt more intensely over the next few weeks. finally, the broader issue as congress battles over the budget. today, house republicans approved their budget, which dramatically changes entitlement programs like medicare and makes more spending cuts. the senate began debate today on a very different version of a ten-year spending plan written by democrats. they call for higher taxes to fund government programs. house speaker john boehner remained skeptical. >> the budget
element will not be in their harry reid package will go before the senate. as a major victory. you have this sense that you will be able to forestall any infringement on the second amendment by this admistration on the democratic party? >> i don't tnk the president barack obama will give up. he talked about that when he visited with us. house republicans last week at the capitol when it came down. in that think that senator reid and senator feinstein are finally realizing and just facing reality that the assault weapons ban that was passed in the 90's did not work. there were still a high percentage of gun crimes. i completely understand why we're having this dialogue because we are all grieving over the shooting in sandy hook, conn. of course, the other shootings around the country. lou: we are not treating as much profoundly as i would have expected haul. we have not heard any discussio about mental health legislation that would go to the issue of gun possession and ownership. we're not grievg nearly as much as i would have expected has seriously and replete breathing are we. >> that
martha: this is a possible big setback for gun control advocates. senate majority leader harry reid says that he is dropping the assault weapons ban part of this which is really what we've been talking about all along. dropping that from the senate's gun control package. i'm joined by senator scott brown who is not at all surprised by this action. the former u.s. senator and fox news contributor joins us now. senator, good to have you with us to america's newsroom. >> thank you very much. martha: a lot of people talked about the big talk on sought weapons ban and it was so important to be passed. now it is not in the bill and been deleted. >> he is particular harry reid trying to protect senators up for re-election in red states making sure he wasn't going to have to take tough votes. during my three years he was always protecting his members to make sure they didn't take tough votes. get them in a room together, let them work out some type of compromise everybody can live with. martha: what do you think about it? everybody is saying this is huge win for the nra who very much wanted focu
reform. president obama's initiative to reduce violence in america has been severely weakened. harry reid has announced the most controversial and ambitious part of the president's proposal a ban on assault weapons will not make the final cut when he brings the bill up for debate. >> but, right now, her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues i talked about and what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was clearly irritated. the california democrat told reporters, obviously, i'm disappointed. i tried my best but my best i guess was not good enough. you'd think congress would listen but they clearly listened to the national rifle association and they do. the ban would have outlawed it nearly 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to ten rounds. and in today's "daily news" a removal of the assau
covered this thoroughly and tore harry reid a new one. it's clear that universal background checks are hitting roadblocks which makes this john boehner comment all the more interesting. >> do you think improving background checks be part of that. >> they should do real background checks on everyone. >> john: you heard him say it. that was on the show "the lead." staffboehner staff clarified that it's not actually done. >> they always let me sorry. >> john: it's my show, frank. >> i'll start with you frank do you think the speaker forgot for a moment that he was supposed to stick to the party line and give the correct and rational answer? >> i think it's great when a republican says something that it has common sense in it, his issue has to immediately issue a retraction. >> john: but all the real bad guys, all of us, the bad guys are asleep at the wheel watching "honey boo boo," and drinking honey honeydew. we're not keeping track of congress. >> they're not representing us and we ignore them. and there is truth to that. >> this reminds me like when you go to a wedding and the man
leader -- again, i'm not picking on one side. harry reid was talking to. when you see the minority leader saying, to do foreign policy at 3:00 o'clock in the morning with a bunch of guys talking about march madness, and to call this our finest hour? it's that old joke, your second finest hour if this is the finest hour. and i really do think, you know -- when i grew up, we usedf these men and occasional women of real standing and stature. i remember going to work there as a young assistant and thinking, my god, look at me from lynn, mass, i'm at the u.s. senate. now i think it looks more like a carnival and that's the democracy. >> rick: we've got the far left in you're party, susan, who refuse to talk about any sort of substantial cuts to entitlement. they really just want to continue to raise taxes on the wealthiest in this country. then you got the far right on the other side who want to cut everything except for defense spending. then you got i think the bulk of the country which falls somewhere in the middle. i'm just wondering if the extremes on both sides should be able to hold the
safety. harry reid will bring the senate's proposal to the floor and include votes on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. yesterday, new york city mayor mike bloomberg optimistic about the vote during an appearance on "meet the press." >> we are going to have a vote, for sure, on assault weapons and we are going to have a vote on background checks and if we were to get background checks only, it wouldn't be as good as if we got both, but look. we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. we have got the plan and we are going to get the vote. >> the mayor announced a new $12 million ad campaign that will challenge senators in 13 states from arizona to pennsylvania to back gun control legislation. >> for me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights, come responsibilities. that's why i support xren hencive background so the criminals and mentally dangerously ill can't get guns and that protects my rights and family. >> he's going to find out this is a country of the people by the people and
senate majority leader harry reid drew attention to budget cuts and how they could impact military training like that taking place at hawthorne. >> it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women, our marines were training there in hawthorne and with the sequester it's going to cut the stuff back. >> some marine officials chafed at reid's commence. his spokesman clarified his remarks saying the idea of senator reid thinks that the hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer griffin at the pentagon now. the horrible plot at the university of central florida in orlando. tonight, it is very clear the plan was for another virginia tech. murder on a scale that would forever change one of the biggest universities in america. you see, the student behind the foiled murder rampage wrote a checklist. and the last line "give them hell." just one of the many new details that police revealed today. there is a video from a camera that one officer had mounted on his u
. >> a bunch of stories to get to. >>> gun control now. majority leader harry reid made it clear it would include provision that would expand background checks to private sales and he demanded amendments for assault weapons after the measures left out of the final bill but the proposals in the senate may not be enough for vice president joe biden. in a joint appearance with mayor michael bloomberg in new york city yesterday, biden evoked the memories of a newtown shooting and implored lawmakers to ban assault weapons. >> for all of those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all of those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. tell me how it violates anyone's constitutional right to be limited to a clip that holds ten rounds, instead of 30. >> if you actually read the constitution and supreme court decisions, but there is the need to get the 60 votes to get something through the senate. and you're just not, sam, going to get 60 votes on
-bye. [laughter] jon: and we begin with brand new stories and breaking news. senate majority leader harry reid getting tough in the gun debate. the controversial bill he is introducing on the senate floor and the fight that lies ahead. >>> also new threats from iran's supreme leader against two major cities as president obama wraps up a three-day visit to the middle east. >>> plus, a man accused of murdering his social lite wife pulls a stunt and gets his trial delayed. we'll tell you about it, it's all "happening now." ♪ jon: well, president obama is on the final day of his trip to israel in the middle east. air force one just landed in jordan where the president is about to meet with king ab abdullah, one of america's closest arab allies. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. uma: and i'm uma. on the agenda today will be the huge influx of refugees into jordan from syria's civil war, and king abdullah has voiced fears islamic terrorists could create a base in his country. meanwhile, president obama spending his last day in israel paying his respects at two memorial
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-message with one another. >> i don't think they are. and told harry reid to bleep himself and i don't know if that's a charm offensive. >> and set a private meeting at a moment of negotiation where he couldn't get to first base with democrats, who called him to a meeting. he came there in good faith to get negotiations started and basically told it's our way or the highway. >> megyn: let me ask you, here is what joe biden is saying exactly the opposite is happening with republicans and this is a bit of news made as he made these attacks. he said this is a quote according to the "the hill", there is nobody you can sit across the table from and shake hands and make a deal with, noting five occasions in which house leaders reneged on agreements hours after shaking hands. calling him to say, quote, what we agreed to, joe, we cannot do. that's news. what are the five occasions? when did that happen? and we heard john boehner be very public about what he said the president did to him, that's his claim, but we have yet to hear the details of these five times. >> no, there aren't ever any details out of t
's coming up in just a moment. like harry reid had anything to do with that. dagen: any cues to show harry reid. connell: should boost the ratings. down in the stock market today, but not like earlier. in terms of oil, 93.19, down a little bit there. more "markets now" straight ahead. ♪ it's monday. a brand new start. your chance to rise and shine. with centurylink as your trusted technology partner, you can do just that. with our visionary cloud infrastructure, global broadband network and custom communications solutions, your business is more reliable - secure - agile. and with responsive, dedicated support, we help you shine every day of the week. connell: making money with charles payne at this hour of the day. dagen: looking at computer storage data management company, net app. what do you think? >> you know, the technology stocks have been somewhat watching this whole thing, so i'm trying to find some of the tech names that look like they've got good risk-reward ratios. i like this a lot. string of earnings beats, they do good there. fiscal year 13-14, the streaks setting up their
, senator harry reid use the hawthorne training accident to talk about sequestration on military readiness. >> it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. the men and women, our marines were trained in hawthorne. the sequester will cut it back. i just hope everyone understands. sacrifices made by the military. they are significant. >> marine official responded, "i don't know how anyone could link this accident to budget cuts. budget cuts would never cause marines to operate in unsafe conditions." reid communication director added the clarification, "the idea that senator reid thinks the hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd and unsubstantiateed by the remarks on the topic." the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. but the marine officials confirm that a 670-mim meter mortar round exploded prematurely inside the tube in a live fire exercise at awe thorn imminution depot -- ammunition depot. seven were killed, five immediately. the other two en route to hospital. they were flown to reno.
on assault weapons, just like harry reid. got results apparently. no telling what his billion dollar megaphone will do on the national level. think we will find out, and he is not the only american oligarch with a bankroll to make a political difference. this dollar right here, he is the 16th richest in the country, 16 riches fellow. he has a net worth of a paltry $19 billion. these folks have some pretty serious money, don't you think? according to the "washington post", largely laid low one-and-a-half million to a few. and then there is this young fellow. he has a long way to go. mark, he is, well, a 25th richest person in the country. twenty-fifth. he has a net worth of just $13 billion. now, these are justtthree of the liberal oligarchs trying to change america. according to a san francisco he is given up to $20 million to a new advocacy group that will support comprehensive immigration reform. american oligarchy. isn't that exciting? ec back here. he has a lot of time to check up don't expect him to stay down there. they are intent on filling their agendas, but don't get confuse
diane feinstein is going after assault weapons, but she's not going to get what she wants. as harry reid said, i'm looking at the reality of the thing. assault weapons ban will not pass. i will not bring it up. your thoughts? >> well, political reality has smacked even harry reid across the face here and it's going to be rather difficult, but i imagine that diane feinstein will find some way of partisan yoga to blame republicans for this instead of her senate majority leader. but she has doubled and tripled down now and she's talking about introducing the very kind of ammunition magazine ban that was just passed here in colorado. so they're not giving up. she hasn't over the last several decades. i think a what we're going to see is an even more hysterical campaign by the gun grabbers, by the michael bloombergs of the world, and the sarah brady campaign to demonize not harry reid. they're not going to be protesting at his office, but to marginalize the nra and second amendment supporters in this battle. >> steve: you're out in colorado and a couple of days ago we heard from a colorado sh
reno. harry reid say there's was a huge explosion. >> we don't know exactly what happened but it was a violent explosion, we know that. my thoughts are with those who are injured and, of course, families of those with lost loved ones. >> want to bring in our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. tell us, first of all, what do we know about how this even happened? >> reporter: well, suzanne, the military is saying seven marines were killed when a 60 millimeter mortar shell, already in the tube, in the weapon essentially exploded. seven marines killed, a number injured and medevac'd to hospital. likely with serious trauma injuries about the training situation, they would have been standing quite close to the mortar and to the weapon when it exploded. now a major investigation, of course, under way trying to determine what exactly happened and trying to see how they go forward from here. but seven military families, suzanne, getting the worst possible news today. >> such a shame. thank you, barbara. appreciate that. >>> a plan now to commit mass murder on a college campus. p
that gives funding for school security. do you think harry reid made a good move? >> well, it's disappointing. but he's done the calculus and knows that an assault weapon bill will not pass the senate. sadly, i think he also knows that even in the democratically controlled senate, a background check for criminals, a universal background check for all of gun sales, including for criminals will not pass the senate. and it was certainly not going to pass the house. so that's what we're up against. and just so everyone is clear about this, you know, i'm a law-abiding gun owner. i own firearms, i go to a gun store where they run a background check. but it's perfectly legal in 33 states to buy guns from private dealers without a background check. so law-abiding gun owners go to gun stores, criminals go to private gun dealers legally and buy 1,000 weapons a day. it's amazing to me that our members of congress cannot find their backbone enough to require a criminal background check for criminals. >> well, senator feinstein and obviously the assault weapons ban was really what she was pushing hardest.
depots in western nevada monday night. >>> senate majority leader harry reid is removing a proposed assault ban rifle -- assault rifle ban from new gun legislation that he will send to the full senate for consideration. reid says keeping the assault weapons ban would have guaranteed a republican filibuster to block the measure. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds may be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> reid says that senator dianne feinstein could introduce her proposed ban on assault weapons as an amendment to new gun legislation in order to at least get a vote on that. >>> and new shocking sex and drug allegations against the man who used to be the voice of elmo. the 24-year-old is suing kevin clash alleging he smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with stephens. the lawsuit alleges he also gave sheldon poppers as a sexual aid. that generally refers to capsule that's give users a rush when broken and inhaled. his attorney calls the suit mer
investigation now. moments ago the senator from nevada, majority leader harry reid, tald about the explosion on the senate floor. >> my thoughts are with those who are injured and, of course, the families of those who lost loved ones. and marines all over the world are now focusing on the loss of their fellow marines. they're grieving this loss. jon: we will have much more on this developing story with a live report from the pentagon later on "happening now." ♪ jon: brand new developments on immigration reform as a rising republican star outlines a new plan. good morning, i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. senator rand paul making some headlines today, now supporting a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 31 million illegals -- 11 million illegals. it's a significant policy move, but the possible 2016 white house candidate also makes it clear that his plan does come with conditions. >> if you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in america, then we will find a place for you. in order to bring conservatives to this cause, however, those who work for refor
reality, and pulling the assault weapons ban from gun control legislation. majority leader harry reid says there aren't enough votes to overcome gop opposition. he says separating the ban from measures increases the chances of passage. the assault weapons ban appeared to gain momentum after the massacre in newtown, connecticut, in november. >>> president obama heading to the mideast in israel. the first time he visited the jewish state as president. abc's tahman bradley looks at the issues. >> reporter: president obama embarked on a trip to the middle east with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of the israeli people, mr. obama's first visit to israel as president. he will make several symbolic stops including laying a wreath at the founder of modern zionism. the centerpiece of the visit is delivering a speech to an audience of mostly college students. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel about the unshakeable commitment the united states has to israel's security. >> report
that the gun control legislation will not include an assault ban. harry reid says this will not be part of the legislation they will debate because it doesn't have the votes to pass. senator feinstein says the issue of gun control is a personal one for her. as you know, she became mayor of san francisco after george motts coney and marvy milk were assassinated -- harvey milk were assassinated. >>> we're learning more about a deadly officer-involved shooting in san jose. ktvu hasern laked the suspect who died monday was under -- last thereined that the suspect who died on monday was under surveillance regarding a homicide. police opened fire after he tried to ram a police vehicle. >>> we're learning the san jose police officer who opened fire was involved in a another sooting last -- shooting last fall. the "chronicle" reports that he was involved in other crimes. authorities say he opened fire on monday's incident after the suspect drove his car toward him. >>> 7:47. now we're finding out more about a deadly officer-involved shooting friday night in napa. authorities say the man who was
. you saw harry reid drop out of the bill and added it back into the amendment. >> alex sorenson, christina, thank you both. good to see you both. >> thank you. >>> secretary of state john kerry made an unexpected stop in baghdad and asked al maliki to stop using. >> senator george mitchell has served as an enjoy voy to the me east. it's half past the hour. >>> here at home, we know someone won more than $330 million in the powerball drawing yesterday. we just don't know who. le so far the lucky winner is keeping their identity secret. the ticket was bought in new jersey. powerballs played across 42 states, d.c. and the u.s. virgin islands. >>> let's go now to weather and talk about an unseasonable mess. snowstorm moving across the country, causing travel havoc like this in the rockies and burying some areas in a foot of snow. live in st. louis, missouri, with more on the storm, i'm sorry to make you stand out there in this live shot. this is terrible at the end of march. >> it is, alex. you know, i think a lot of people would agree with you, they've put away their shovels and wi
will not include an assault ban. harry reid says this will not be part of the legislation they will debate because it doesn't have the votes to pass. senator feinstein says the issue of gun control is a personal one for her. as you know, she became mayor of san francisco after george motts coney and marvy milk were assassinated -- harvey milk were assassinated. >>> we're learning more about a deadly officer-involved shooting in san jose. ktvu hasern laked the suspect who died monday was under -- last thereined that the suspect who died on monday was under surveillance regarding a homicide. police opened fire after he tried to ram a police vehicle. >>> we're learning the san jose police officer who opened fire was involved in a another sooting last -- shooting last fall. the "chronicle" reports that he was involved in other crimes. authorities say he opened fire on monday's incident after the suspect drove his car toward him. >>> 7:47. now we're finding out more about a deadly officer-involved shooting friday night in napa. authorities say the man who was
death of the assault weapons ban. it's harry reid conceding it can't be part of the main bill. they're trying to focus on what is doable. what can they get done in april? and what they think can get done would be universal background checks, including for private transactions. if i was going to sell you a gun that doesn't have to be any sort of background check on that under a bill being knocked around in the senate, you would have to have some validation there before that purchase could be made. and that's the sticking point right now. that's a far cry from what democrats were talking about two or three months ago. that's a pretty small, narrow provision in the scope of all the big gun controls that democrats wanted to push in the beginning. >> that said, david, ignatius, if a bill passes that even allows the individual transfer without background checks, that would close the gun loophole, also stop something that needs to be stopped, and that is the purchasing of weapons online. that's a significant -- >> for gun control folks. it would just be a shame from my standpoint if in the
opposes specific background check provisions that senator harry reid has included in the package, increasing the costs associated with the action under the system." you can read the story online at rollcall.com. the nra weighed in on all this, of course, with a series of ads, including this one. [video clip] >> in a recent closed-door speech, bill clinton spoke about american dollars. "these people have been listening to this stuff so long, they believe that." "it is not surprising that their bitter and cling to guns and religion." we grant them power. we protect them. they do not make us free. as long as we have the second amendment, we always will be. ourre america and politicians are only as powerful as we the people will allow. the latest from the nra, again focusing on guns, background checks. a look at guns and video games in our country. of course, front and center, following what happened in newtown, conn. last december. the hearst newspaper focusing on all of these issues, this writing -- chronicle," exploring one aspect of our culture, the prevalence of violence in our
to be in legislative trouble. senate majority leader harry reid has frankly admitted he doesn't have the votes for a assault weapons ban and support for other legislation also appears shaky. >> it only has been three months since the newtown massacre. i mean, there was so much political support and really a rallying cry after that for stricter gun control measures. why does the political support seem so shaky right now, i guess is the question. >> well, there's two reasons. one is that time has passed. the polls have eroded somewhat. they're still generally in favor of the gun control people, depending on the poll, but not as strongly in favor. also the purpose of purple states. the simple truth is there are lawmakers who come from states where support is not nearly as strong as it is in other places, and they don't want to lose their jobs next year by making a stand on this issue right now, particularly on the more controversial parts. >> and they have to listen to the voters who put them in office as well. >> we'll see how it goes. >> tom foreman, thanks so much. >>> to the white house now w
by democrats, and harry reid is not going to move anything forward. but senator graham says what he'll do is hold up any nominations and wreak havoc. over on the house side, frank wolf, a republican congressman from the commonwealth of virginia, says he has 60 signatures on a document to install a select committee, which will be great because then the select committee would look into what happened. john bolton, who used to be our ambassador to the united nations, says something is not right here. listen. >> i think the entire way the administration has handled the benghazi affair has been abnormal and i think it's particularly strange that the people who were there when the attack took place were not made available to congress or others interested in finding out what actually happened that day. part of the administration's problem here is that many people think they engaged in a coverup, that they made up the story about the demonstration because they didn't want to reveal that terrorist groups were prevalent in and around benghazi. i think the way to get to the bottom of the issue one wa
. and the senate's also in at 2 p.m. eastern, majority leader harry reid hoping to complete work on that continuing resolution and then move on to the 2014 budge and get it approved by the end of the week before the easter recess. live coverage of the house, as usual, on c-span and the senate on c-span2. earlier today here in washington republican national committee chair reince priebus announced the findings of a new report aimed at overhauling the republican party after losing the 2012 presidential election. the report, titled "the growth and opportunity project," includes 219 recommendations such as holding its national convention earlier than august in 2016 and modernizing the party's digital infrastructure. here's some of what he had totil say. >> in 2008 and 2012, the debates multiplied and were out of the control of the rnc. the cycle, this cycle, excuse me, there were 20 total debates. the first eight months before the iowa caucuses.. the report contrasts this with 1980 where there were six debates and 1988, there were 1 seven. i agree with the co-chairs whenw they say debates are vital to
seniors and future generations. while in the senate harry reid and patty murray are considering a budget that never balances. it increases taxes by $1 trillion and let's medicare and social security race towards bankruptcy. and it turns medicare into a program that rations benefits to seniors. make no mistake, washington is approaching $17 trillion of debt and more than 12 million americans are unable to find work. the decisions we make will either sink us deeper into debt or put us on a path that encourages job creation and restores the belief that if we work hard and make tough choices, our kids will inherit a stronger country. mr. speaker, the choice is clear. if hoosier families balanced their budgets, washington doesn't have an excuse. it's time the president and the senate offer real solutions for hardworking hoosier families. i commend chairman ryan and the house budget committee for their hard work and i urge my colleagues to support the resolution. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. chairman. i n
leader harry reid has told her that the ban will not be a part of the initial gun control measure the senate will debate next month. california senator dianne feinstein says instead of being included in the measure, the ban will be offered z an amendment. the ban seems to stand little chance of surviving because of expected -- defections expected from republicans, likely also defections from some moderate democrats. and now to live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: i ask unanimous consent i be acknowledged for up to seven minutes as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. inhofe: thank you, madam president. we -- we've been listening to our -- our good friend from kansas concerning this contract air traffic control towers. i think of all of the -- there's no better example to use than saying -- picking up a bureaucracy and taking somebody that everybody wants, that's very inexpensive and using that to try to force people to do something that shouldn't -- that -- that should never
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